two faraway archipelagos in two days7/28/2012
The Shetland Islands - Day One
My summer vacation travelogue continues- after visiting the beautiful Geiranger, we completely changed gears and made our way toward even more isolated landscapes. We reached the Shetland Islands first, which belong to Scotland but also have a Scandinavian past. I wasn't sure what to expect from a place that is so disconnected from large territories, but it was quite welcoming and beautiful considering how untouched it is. They also had so many cute sheep and small ponies!
After seeing many coastal bluffs and dandelion fields, we eventually came back to Lerwick, the capital city. We managed to experience quite a bit whilst there, like eating local food, drinking local beers (ahem, Donald) and even taking an extended walk along the coast. Two friendly stray cats also greeted me yet again. After meeting Olaf in Flam, it felt like I was on an unofficial cat tour! Meow.
The Faroe Islands - Day Two
I suppose it appears that I time-travelled when I connect all these experiences as one, but truthfully it was all quite spread out and long (this was actually day eight of our overall trip). I dreamt of visiting the Faroe Islands for years, so it felt even longer. I had written it off as being impossible until this vacation perfectly lined up. I'm fascinated by the combination of Scandinavian culture and hidden lands, so setting foot on the Faroes was a dream overload. What I saw was even more surprising than what I had imagined!
Oh dear, where to begin. On our way to visit the beautiful Vestmanna sea cliffs, we drove for several hours through some of the most surreal locations. It felt like I was on a different planet at times, with everything being so barren and calm. When we got there, we went out on a small boat that went along a very desolate coast. It was freezing, but I somehow came out unscathed!
The purpose of our trek to Vestmanna was to see the bird cliffs, where many birds migrate to lay their eggs annually. It's impossible to convey the scenery; we were surrounded by very high jagged cliffs where birds flew overhead, and wooly sheep also grazed. We saw puffins (!) and our boat went through narrow caves and rock formations. It was a true adventure, and something I'll remember always.
Don't forget that the giveaway I'm holding ends tonight, July 28th at Midnight Pacific time. There's also an interview that I had with Jaclyn Bethany on the Audrey Grace blog, where I talk about my favorite blogs and style favorites. Hope you all have a great weekend x